- On day 1, President Joe Biden passed protections for trans people, including allowing trans school students to use the bathroom that fits their gender, not the one they were assigned.
- A sub-set of feminists, who many refer to as TERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminists), believe trans women are a threat to women who were assigned female at birth.
- #BidenErasedWomen began trending as they tweeted, saying Biden’s new measure will harm young girls.
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#BidenErasedWomen began trending on Twitter today after the President passed an executive order protecting transgender people from discrimination during his first day in office.
As of today, transgender people are protected by Title IX, which prohibits gender-based discrimination in educational institutions like high schools and universities.
The move scraps Donald Trump’s definition of gender as a person’s “biological sex.” It means universities and schools cannot stop trans children from using the proper restroom and locker rooms, or competing in the sport as the gender they are rather than the one they were assigned.
The move comes after months of Biden promising to protect trans Americans, but it stoked the ire of some Twitter users, including some who fit into a sub-set of feminism commonly referred to as TERFs, or trans-exclusionary radical feminists.
What is a TERF?
The idea that trans women are not real women and children are too young to understand what gender they are both talking points commonly touted by TERFs, most famously JK Rowling.
Most reject the label â€” including Rowling, who joked “TERF wars,” when she tweeted out a widely-criticised article defending her fears of trans women.
However, they maintain that trans women are a threat to women who were assigned female at birth, and push for legislation to limit trans people’s access to care.
Some Twitter users said they were worried the order, which bans discrimination, will affect sports and bathrooms
The consensus among people using the hash tag #BidenErasedWomen was that, by including trans women in the protections, it may prevent cisgender women from succeeding in college sports.
“Biden just passed all the worst parts of the Equality Act without going through any legislation at all. Women and girls in the US just lost single-sex spaces, sports, all of it,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Every time a transgender woman secures a spot on an elite women’s team or wins a scholarship reserved for female athletes, a biological female loses an opportunity,” the Independent Women’s Forum, a women’s rights non-profit that has taken anti-trans stances in the past, tweeted.
Other Twitter users hit back at the flurry of anti-trans tweets, saying that the order offers important protections for Americans who could be condemned or stigmatised for being open about how they identify.
“A reminder that Biden’s executive order on trans rights exists so that trans people can’t be fired or evicted for being trans anywhere in the US, whereas previously there were places this was legal to do. Let’s focus on that shall we instead of made-up nonsense,” another Twitter user wrote.